It’s been a while, my friends.
If you couldn’t tell by the title of this article, I’ve been essentially in burn-out recovery for the past few weeks. Many of us who write know of the stress that attempting NaNoWrMo can bring on, trying to write an entire novel-length manuscript in a month.
Try doing that three months in a row. Three whole novels in three months with deadlines and marketing windows to hit and all of that good grid.
It’s enough to change a man!
It’s great to have a chance to shine, it really is. Getting published is a source of pride and joy for me. At the same time, though, it’s not all peaches and cream. It’s a similar feeling to any other time in my life where I’ve stood at the cusp of a new opportunity.
It’s frightening in a way. Just because you’ve been chosen to take a shot at something (a shot you’ve earned) doesn’t mean you will succeed. You could misstep, you could fall short, or maybe the fates won’t be with you, even if you do everything right. That fear, that anxiety, can be crippling if you dwell on it.
So there you are, walking a tightrope between intoxicating pride and crippling anxiety. Fall into the abyss of fear and you won’t get anything done. Let pride go to your head and you won’t have the presence of mind to adjust your approach to this new opportunity. Both lead to the same end-state: Failure!
So don’t squander your opportunities! Keep a cool head, but never lose your confidence!
Speaking of my own new opportunity, take a moment and check out my first published book, The Opening Bell! Until next time, good reading, good writing, and good luck!